Originally Posted by TheLyotoLegion
Diaz did not take his soul, he beat the living hell out of Stephens got careless against Guillard and rebounded to knock him out and then he got stopped against Pettis who may be the best guy in the division. Cerrone is certainly better than Lauzon and Miller.
Khabib may be 19-0 but who has he fought? Tavares? Shane Roller knocked out Tavares too, many felt he lost to Tibau and he beat up Shalarous. He is extremely unproven against top fighters.
Look the only person who thought Tibau won that fight was Rogan who couldn't deal with Khabib shutdown wrestling. And Shane Roller also beat Donald Cerrone's biggest win Jamie Varner(who he also lost to). And while we may not know who these Russians are you look at how this prospect class of Russians have done this year.
Alexander Volkov - Bellator HW champion
Andrey Koreshkov - tournament winner
Rustam Khabilov - explosive UFC debut
Alexander Sarnavskiy - pretty hot prospect
Shahbulat Shamhalaev (whose only lost was to Khabib) - FW finalist in Bellator.
I can see one or two guys being a coincidence but 6 breakout stars this year from Russia doesn't lead me to believe that these are can crushing leagues. And Khabib's record is better than all of them.